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Course upgrades ensure Cork presents a fine test

CORK golf club, founded in 1888 and situated at its present location at Little Island since 1897, has a proud history but the members are very much looking to the future as is evident by the ongoing improvements to the course. Marc Westenborg of Hawtree Ltd designed and supervised the redesign of all bunkers, and the installation of four new tee complexes.

The 12th green has been totally reworked, and phase one of the development, which cost €300,000, also included the removal of trees, the introduction of gorse and the reconstruction of pathways.

Dar Golf Construction Ltd, of Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, were awarded the contract and work commenced on October 11 last.

General manager Matt Sands commented: "The full course was back in play in mid-April, and despite a very severe winter and spring, the course is now presenting a fresh challenge to all who play it.

"Sport Bond, which is a porous cement, has been used as a base in all bunkers, and the effect is to afford maximum drainage.

"Phases two and three of the renovation project will entail 10 new tee complexes. The second phase will begin in September/October."

Measuring devices forbidden from use in Best Cup matches

COMPETITORS in the Best Cup semi-finals must take note that measuring devices are forbidden in the competition.

The Cup, which is a men's fourball event for handicaps of 19 and over in the greater Dublin area, has reached the last four, in which Elm Park play Hazel Grove and Malahide meet Beaverstown in a north Dublin derby.

Meanwhile, Curragh GC host a Ladies Scratch Cup on Sunday July 17 over 36 holes. Handicap limit is 14 and the event is an ILGU Order of Merit event. For entries: nora.murphy4@gmail.com -- 086 839 5296 or annegriffin48@hotmail.com -- 087 669 9876. The €40 entry fee includes soup and sandwich.

Irish Independent